September 2020   
WELCOME HOME ROCKETS
We are so happy to see all of our students and families back to join us for the 2020-2021 school year! We hope you all enjoyed the summer and that you are ready to jump back into an exciting year of learning. We had a very busy summer here at school getting ready for your return. Our custodial staff has been hard at work cleaning and sanitizing for the arrival of our students, and we hope you'll join us in thanking them for all of their hard work. This is a very busy time of year for everyone and this first newsletter is jam packed with lots of helpful tips and links that you may need to reference throughout the year. We are looking forward to a wonderful year working together with you to provide the best education for your child as we possibly can. We ask that you take some time to check out all of the available resources that are mentioned within this newsletter, on our Redbud Run website, and the Redbud Run Facebook page to help you stay up to date and informed about your child's education. If you ever have a question please do not hesitate to call our office at 540-678-1868. We are looking forward to an amazing year helping your child grow! 
2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR REMINDERS


Visitors:
Unfortunately, we are not allowing visitors into our school building during the day, which includes parents and family members coming in for lunch with students. We will be sure to let parents know when we begin allowing visitors to come in to our building again.

Volunteers:
We are currently not using volunteers in our school as we begin this school year. However, that is likely to change at some point if we are able to get students back full time. If you are interested in volunteering once we begin to use volunteers, please use this link to complete the volunteer form. All volunteers, including chaperones for field trips, must complete this form to be approved by the School Board.

Birthday Treats:
Parents, if they desire, may still provide treats for student birthdays provided they are store bought, individually wrapped or packaged, and contain a list of all the ingredients. If you have questions about whether or not the item you wish to bring meets those expectations, please call our office staff for clarification.

Pick-Up Procedures for Students During the School Day:
Students who need to be released early during the school day because they are sick or have a medical or court appointment will be picked-up at the main office. Parents or guardians picking up a child will need to come to the front door, press the buzzer to talk with the office staff, show identification through the camera, and wait outside. A staff member will escort students to the front door. During inclement weather, office staff may invite visitors to wait inside the vestibule.

Standards of Learning (SOL):
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools describe student learning and achievement expectations in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education. These standards represent a broad consensus of what parents, classroom teachers, school administrators, academics, and business and community leaders believe schools should teach and students should learn. You can access the SOLs through our school website or by using this link: 
https://www.frederick.k12.va.us/academics/standards_of_learning
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES
Drop-off Procedures:
Drop-off will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Students will need to remain in the car until staff take their temperature. Students whose temperature is above 100°F will not be allowed to come to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without any medication. Students whose temperature is above 100°F will be offered to park in a designated spot to have their temperature rechecked in 5 minutes. Please be patient. Do not drop off your children before you have moved to where school personnel are waiting to assist you. You must turn into the parking lot, join the line and wait until you reach school personnel before your children exit your car. You may also park in a parking space and walk your child to the door. Parents are not allowed to walk their child to the classroom.

Pick-up Procedures

When picking your child up after school, please park in a parking spot and bring your photo ID. You will enter through the cafeteria door (Door #3) beginning at 3:20. You must be wearing a face covering to enter the building and the face covering needs to remain on when in the building. As you enter the building, you will stop at one of the staff members to have your identification checked. Once your identification has been checked, you can use your phone to scan the QR code to sign your student out. If you do not have a device to complete the electronic form, please see one of our staff members and they will help you sign out your student on their computer. We will not have any tables or chairs set up in the cafeteria and ask that all individuals are physically distant (at least 6 feet) from others while waiting in the cafeteria for students. Only individuals listed on the student’s Emergency Contacts will be permitted to pick up students unless the school receives a signed note from the parent with the individual's name. Students will be sent home as per their current transportation form on file unless other arrangements are made with the office.  Should you need to change this, please contact the office no later than 12:00 each afternoon.

 
 CLINIC NEWS
Back to school greetings from the clinic! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. I am looking forward to working with your children this year.

Please cal
l me if your child has any medical concerns that may require attention at school.
Call the clinic if your student needs to take any medication at school. The medication needs to be in the original container with an instruction note signed by the parent. This includes cough drops. The medication forms are also available online at the Frederick County Public Schools website.

This fall I will be conducting the routine health screenings on the kindergarten, third grade, and new transferred students. The screenings will include some or all of the following- height, weight, dental, vision and hearing. Students may be screened at other times.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s mind, the annual flu is another consideration. It isn’t too early to have your child vaccinated against the annual flu. Discuss this with your healthcare provider.  Let’s have a safe and healthy school year!  Mrs. Kluckowski, RRES School Nurse (kluckowj@fcpsk12.net)
FROM THE CAFETERIA
It is important to eat a healthy meal to start the day off right and keep our brains fueled throughout the day! 

Frederick County Public Schools use a computerized system to record lunch sales. Parents may pay for student meals by sending in a check or cash which is recorded on the child's account and dispersed as they make purchases at meal time. Payments can be made on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.  You can pay online through MySchoolBucks.com.  

School meals (breakfast and lunch) will be made available for purchase to all students each day school is in session during the 2020-21 school year.  Students on the Hybrid model will be able to purchase school meals on the days they're physically present in school for those days as well as the school days in which they will be engaged in distance learning at home.  Students on the all distance learning model will be able to purchase school meals in a drive-thru setting each day school is in session from 10-11 a.m.  The Free and Reduced Price Meals Program will operate as normal with free and reduced price meals being made available to students who qualify.

In participation with the Federal school meal program, children from households that meet Federal Income Guidelines are eligible for either reduced price or free meals. Frederick County Public Schools administers its meal program without consideration of race, color, national origin, age or disability. We encourage you to fill out the application that will come home in the first day folders as soon as possible, so that your student can receive assistance. A new application must be filled out each year.

Click on link below for September menus:

View the September Lunch Menu
View the September Breakfast Menu
View the Take Home Meals Menu
GUIDANCE CORNER
We are your school counselors...
We don't have a magic wand, a crystal ball, or all the answers.
But we do have ears to listen, hearts to care, and time to give.
We have ideas and open minds.
We are your school counselors and we are here for you!

Mrs. Mendez (mednezr@fspsk12.net)
Mrs. Ruscito (ruscitok@fcpsk12.net)
GYM CLASS HEROES
Welcome back everyone! Mr. Ratliff and Mr. Seal will be your PE teachers this year. We are both very excited to kick off the 2020 school year. During the first nine weeks of school all students will be participating in rules and procedures, jump rope skills, throwing and catching, and soccer. Please remember to wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes to PE class. We hope you are as excited as we are to get back to school. 

Healthy Tip - Be active and try to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day!
FCPS 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
Please keep up to date by checking the FCPS School Year Calendar


FCPS MOBILE APP

Do you have the FCPS Mobile APP?

Frederick County Public Schools has a custom mobile app that provides instant access to a variety of school and division information including lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news.

The app is available at no cost from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

FCPS RAPID COMMUNICATION SYSTEM TEXT MESSAGES
The Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System includes a SMS text message function. In order to receive text messages sent through the FCPS Rapid Communication System, parents must have the phone number of the device on which they want to receive text alerts included on their child’s student record. In addition, they must opt-in to receiving the text messages if they have not done so previously. To opt-in, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 from the device on which you want to receive text messages. Once the opt-in process has been completed, you will receive a confirmation text message. The FCPS Rapid Communication System is used to contact parents in a variety of situations ranging from severe weather and power outages to other emergencies that may cause a school to evacuate, relocate or go on lockdown. The system also is utilized to inform parents when schools are closed, opening late or closing early due to inclement weather. Individual schools also utilize the system to communicate information to their school communities.
MY SCHOOL BUCKS
Pay for school meals and much more!

Make payments anytime, anywhere
Check balances whenever
Get low balance notifications

The free app is available from Apple’s App Store or Google Play
You can also visit myschoolbucks.com
PEACHJAR
Frederick County Public Schools uses Peachjar to distribute eflyers about important school events as well as activities sponsored by non-profit and governmental organizations.  Peachjar delivers these flyers to FCPS families via email. You can also view the flyers by clicking on the Peachjar icon on the bottom, left-hand corner of all school websites.  FCPS has saved more than 6.5 million sheets of paper since starting to use Peachjar to distribute eflyers in March 2016.
PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
The Redbud Run Elementary School PTO supports the teachers, staff and students of our school.  100% of fundraising goes back to the school by way of funds for classroom teachers, financial student support, and teacher/staff appreciation. Please consider getting involved!  

Ms. Braithwaite (
braithwe@fcpsk12.net)
Mrs. Glasscock (glasscoh@fcpsk12.net)
Mrs. Thomas (thomasm@fcpsk12.net)   

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

250 First Woods Drive, Winchester, VA 22603

(540) 678-1868

https://rbe.frederick.k12.va.us

https://www.facebook.com/RedbudRunElementarySchool

Joseph Strong, Principal

https://www.frederick.k12.va.us

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